PRESS RELEASE: NOVEMBER 5, 2015
The Pike County Sheriff’s Department would like to inform the public of two separate scams recently circulating the Pike County area.
One of the scams is a telephone recording that claims they are from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and requesting a return call and leaving a number. It states that the IRS has tried to contact you numerous times and if you do not contact them , you will be subject to a lawsuit. Please be advised that the IRS will not be telephoning anyone to collect monies owed. THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE SCAM and to date, this scam has taken thousands of dollars nationwide. Do not return the call or attempt to investigate the matter in any manner as they will attempt to use tactics by scam artists that are extremely sophisticated in nature.
The second scam is generally over the internet including face book and email. The scam artist claims to be in need of funding so that he may come visit you. The scam artists involved are extremely good at human resource skills and very personable in nature. They will make every effort to make you feel like a close friend.
Pike County has spent several thousand dollars in these types of scams. We encourage all residents of this community to not respond to anyone wanting money from strangers and particularly from anyone using tactics such as threatening legal trouble or coercion.
We remind all citizens to hang up the phone and absolutely do not return any phone calls.
If you are a person who has released funding in the past, you are more than likely labeled as a more susceptible victim to scam artists. Change your email and refrain from using face book for a period of time to release such contacts.
If you are aware of a loved one who has fallen prey to these scams, we encourage you to report the incident to law enforcement and we further encourage you to monitor your loved ones financial business by contacting your local bank and advising them of the situation. Our local banks and stores with the ability to wire money are extremely aware of these scams and will make every effort to help those in need.
SEPTEMBER 16, 2015
On 09/16/15 at 6:16 AM the Pike County Sheriff’s Department responded to a report of a two vehicle head on collision on County Highway #3, a quarter of mile South of Interstate 72.
A 2004 Pontiac, being driven by Bryce A Reel, age 23, of Pittsfield, Illinois was traveling north bound on County Highway 3, when the vehicle being driven by Reel collided head on with a 2002 Chevrolet truck that was traveling southbound. The 2002 Chevrolet Truck was driven by William C. Miller age 49 of Baylis, Illinois.
Reel had to be extricated from his vehicle and received severe injuries and was airlifted from the scene. Miller received minor injuries and was later treated at Illini Community Hospital.
The accident remains under investigation.
Assisting at the scene were Pike County EMS, Pittsfield Fire Department and Air Evac.
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APRIL 20, 2015
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Scammers demanding untraceable cash
Scam artists are typically interested in one thing above all else: getting paid. They are out to make a quick buck (or many millions of bucks) by tricking consumers in to sending them money, especially if they can quickly turn it into untraceable cash. Over the years, wire transfer has been the method of choice for fraudsters looking to get paid by their victims. Recently, however, there has been an uptick in consumer complaints to Fraud.org reporting that scammers are asking them to use Green Dot MoneyPaks or Vanilla Reloads.
MoneyPaks and Vanilla Reloads are sold at thousands of major retailers. Users purchase the MoneyPak or Vanilla Reload and give cash to the clerk at the register to load on to them. By using the control number or PIN on the back of the card, the consumer can then add the funds onto a reloadable prepaid card or pay a MoneyPak or Vanilla Reload partner company directly.
While the misuse of MoneyPaks, Vanilla Reloads, or similar payment mechanisms isn’t new, NCL has received a significant number of complaints so far this year. The story of a consumer we’ll call “Chris,” who sent us complaint earlier this year is typical:
“The man called my place of business to say that my previous payment on my bill didn’t go through and that my business’s electricity would be shut off that day. … He requested that we pay only Green Dot MoneyPak. He even called me back to make sure I was going to pay it. He said I would get a call in 30 minutes from [the] reimbursement center for the card fees. I then realized that this was a scam and it was too late.”
These payment mechanisms have become popular with scammers because they are essentially the same as carrying cash. Fraudsters trick consumers into giving them the control number or PIN, which the scammer then uses to load the funds onto their own prepaid debit card. Since the funds are available instantly, the thief can use their debit card to take cash out of ATMs. These services aren’t protected from fraud the way that credit or debit cards are, the victim is typically left with nothing.
NCL is warning consumers to be on the lookout for scams where they are asked to load cash onto a MoneyPak, Vanilla Reload, or similar cash-based payment device. Only give out the control number or PIN to approved partners of these services (a list of these partners is available on the companies’ websites). Be sure to only load funds from a MoneyPak or Vanilla Reload onto a prepaid debit card that you or someone you know controls. If you receive a telephone call or email from someone claiming that you’ve won a prize, but need to pay a fee via MoneyPak or Vanilla Reload to collect it, it’s a scam. Also be wary of callers claiming to represent bill collectors, the IRS, or other companies who ask for payment on one of these devices.
Consumers who have been approached by a scammer can file a complaint at Fraud.org.